WEEK of 20 MAY 2018
Sometimes we surprise ourselves. A student asks for help at an inconvenient time and our assistance changes his trajectory. We plan to teach a lesson one way then are inexplicably inspired to try something else. Someone in a difficult situation asks for our advice and we unexpectedly find the right words to help. Out of nowhere, we find the strength to forgive someone who has hurt us. The pain of loss is suddenly bearable. These are unexpected graces from the Holy Spirit which surprise us.
In faith, the first disciples waited as instructed for Jesus’ promised gift. While in prayer, the Holy Spirit filled them all. The timid group was abruptly transformed into fearless preachers proclaiming Jesus as Lord and Savior. Delasalle recognized the important of praying for gifts from the Holy Spirit. He wrote to the first teachers: “Earnestly ask Jesus that all your work be energized by his Spirit and draw all its power from Him” (Meditation 195.3). As we end the school year (likely drained and worn), let us have the confidence to ask God for the help of His Spirit.
“Come Holy Spirit, take possession of our hearts and so guide our actions that we may be able to say that they are the work of your hands rather than ours and that our whole being in each of its functions is entirely dependent on your good pleasure. Blessed are they who live and act only by the Spirit of God for it is no longer they who live but Jesus Christ through his Holy Spirit, who lives in them.” (Prayer by Delasalle)
PRAYERS REQUESTED FOR:
KUDOS and THANKS:
Kudos goes to Mrs. Ulrickson and her amazing team for hosting the members from the Class of 1968. Thank you to Manny Aguilar’68 for being the liaison with the school. We’re grateful to Mrs. Martinez and Ms. Garibay with her students for helping with the setup of the Guereca Auditorium and for serving as hosts to the Golden Graduates. The class members were deeply moved to be together again and touched by the school community’s welcome.
Congratulations to Esteban Ortiz ‘18 for being nominated by his peers and selected by the Brothers Community as the recipient of the Delasalle Award – the only one given at graduation. Mr. Ortiz was recognized for his generosity, helpful heart, and for living out his faith.
Thank you to Brother Rafael and Ms. Montoya for their hard work in preparing our Baccalaureate Mass at Saint Stephen’s Church on Friday night. We’re grateful to their staff for their wonderful hospitality as well as Father Ben Flores who celebrated the Mass. Thank you to the members of our liturgical choir and music group.
Congratulations to the hard-working team who organized the 2018 Commencement Exercise. Kudos to Mr. Ortigoza and Mrs. Schow for serving as Masters of Ceremony. We are grateful to the many people who helped with the rehearsal and during the ceremony: Mr. Flores (the Master), Mr. Young, Ms. Valtier, Brother Rafael, Mr. Rincon, Mr. Alvarez, Brother Nick, and Mr. Lara. Thank you to our school superintendent, Steve Sanchez, for his presence as well as to Fr. Ben Flores, the Vicar General, for representing Bishop Seitz.
We’re very proud that CHS produces the best commencement program in the city. It lists all of the schools to which our students were accepted and the relatives of graduates who are alumni. Kudos goes to the committee who put it together and edited it: Mrs. Schow, Mr. Flores, Mrs. Martinez, Ms. Valtier, Mr. Ortigoza, Mr. Vazquez and Brother Nick.
We give thanks to God for the following students and staff who celebrate their birthdays this week:
NEWS YOU NEED:
Online registration for returning students remains open for the 2018-19 academic year. Simply go to https://logins2.renweb.com/Logins/ParentsWeb-Login.aspx. Parents can log on with their username and password. The District Code is CTD-TX. Please contact Mr. Vazquez (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need assistance.
Preliminary scheduling for next year was done last week with the registrar, Mr. Flores, and all students. Underclassmen identified preferences for electives and core courses. Students will not be scheduled; however, until they are registered.
We’ll be accepting used uniform donations throughout the summer. You’re welcome to drop off donations to the office. These will, in turn, be sold during two sale events during the summer. We’ll finalizing the dates this week.
Tuesday, 22 May, is the Run-off Election for El Paso County. Please remember to vote.
Final exams for periods 3, 2, 1 will be on Tuesday, 22 May. All exam periods are 90 minutes with two breaks in between. Pizza and donuts will be sold during the breaks. Students can bring their own lunch. Dismissal is at 1:30 PM.
Final exams for periods 8, 7, 6 will be on Wednesday, 23 May. All exam periods are 90 minutes with two breaks in between. Pizza and donuts will be sold during the breaks. Students can bring their own lunch. Dismissal is at 1:30 PM.
Final exams for periods 4/5 will be on Thursday, 24 May. The exam period is 90 minutes. Dismissal is at 9:45 AM. No food will be sold.
Summer School Credit Recovery: Live instruction will be done in Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus and Religion I, II, III, and IV. Online credit recovery will be offered in the following: Biology, World History, English I, II, III, IV, Physics, American History, Spanish I, II, III, Economics, and World Geography. Mrs. Murphy (email@example.com) is the point of contact for this program and will be sending out more materials soon.
CHS is forming a Scout troop thanks to the efforts of Leo Gutierrez ’89. The next meeting will be on Monday, 04 June, at 6:30 PM in the Vandenburg Library. The mission of this troop is to develop the character, values, personal growth and leadership in its members; hopefully to the rank of Eagle. Please contact Leo Gutierrez ’89 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Provincial has assigned Brother Paul-Andre Durham, FSC, to the Cathedral High School Brothers Community for the upcoming academic year. We hope that Brother Paul-Andre will teach Religion I. He brings four decades of experience in high school teaching. Mr. Rodriguez, our Brother Postulant, has been assigned to remain in El Paso for another year. He will now be addressed as Brother Rafael and wear the Brother’s black shirt. That brings the total number of Brothers working in the school to five; an enviable number for any school in the San Francisco New Orleans District! Please join us in giving thanks to God for this great blessing!
ALUMNI and DEVELOPMENT:
Homecoming 2018 will be on Friday, 28 September.
The next Irish Run 5K will be on Sunday, 21 October 2018. Since it close to Halloween, the race will be called The Dead Man Run. (Costumes are encouraged!) Our student leaders will continue visiting potential race sponsors. If you are interested in being a sponsor or donate anything in-kind, please contact Brother Nick at email@example.com.
MEN OF IRON/MEN OF GOLD